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A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year!

A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year! November 07, 2013 | No Comments »

I just finished my presentation at Vermont Fest and it seemed to go very well. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my students from last year -it was their work that made the presentation effective. Below is the presentation I gave with some student...

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Flipping for Mastery

Flipping for Mastery July 23, 2013 | No Comments »

Flipping Your Classroom Introduction Review the infographic on this page - http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/ *Watch the video on this page - http://www.techsmith.com/flipped-classroom-aaron-sams.html Watch the video on this page -...

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What is Personalized Learning?

What is Personalized Learning? July 23, 2013 | No Comments »

Personalized Learning with a Learning Management System – Edu20.org Wednesday, 8:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 4:00pm Stafford 157 Purpose and Objective of Session: Participants will learn how to use the LMS edu20.org to create...

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A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year!

A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year! November 07, 2013 | No Comments »

I just finished my presentation at Vermont Fest and it seemed to go very well. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my students from last year -it was their work that made the presentation effective. Below is the presentation I gave with some student...

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Re-Thinking the Flipped Classroom

November 09, 2012 | No Comments »

Some Common Concerns Doesn’t the ‘Flipped’ model rest on the assumption that homework will be given?  What if I don’t believe in giving homework? What about the digital divide?  How can students without internet watch...

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Vermont Fest 2012 – The Flipped Classroom

Vermont Fest 2012 - The Flipped Classroom November 08, 2012 | No Comments »

“To flip or not to flip.  That is the question.” Agenda Who am I? Quick Poll Funny Hook What is a Flipped Classroom Re-thinking the Flipped Classroom – Pro/Con Discussion The Tools You’ll Need Quick Poll – What are...

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Latest Articles from Rethinking School

A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year!

A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year! November 07, 2013 | No Comments »

I just finished my presentation at Vermont Fest and it seemed to go very well. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my students from last year -it was their work that made the presentation effective. Below is the presentation I gave with some student...

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The System We Need!

The System We Need! June 20, 2013 | No Comments »

Creating a Proficiency-Based Learning System for Your School Introduction: Why are we here? Matt Henchen Parent, Educator, Coach, Activist, Organizer My views are my own, though I currently teach at Harwood Union I believe in education of the whole...

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2012 Dynamic Landscapes Presentation

2012 Dynamic Landscapes Presentation May 08, 2012 | No Comments »

PBGR INSTITUTE – June 21st, 2012 DYNAMIC LANDSCAPES PRESENTATION Presentation Outcomes Participants will understand the difference between Proficiency-Based Graduation Portfolios (PBGR) and the development of a Proficiency-Based Assessment...

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VPA Conference Presentation 2010

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Matt Henchen

Email: henchenm@harwood.org

Website: www.vermonteducator.com

Phone: (802) 324-4521

Presenter’s Notes

VPA Presentation

Killington VT, 2010



I will be showcasing three uses of technology that can help improve our schools:

Web-Based Learning Management System (LMS) www.edu20.org

Google forms and Google Templates for formative assessment

Dynamic and Interactive School Websites built using a Content Management System (CMS)


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GMVS Summer Workshop 2010

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Welcome to our Summer Technology Workshop!



Our Detailed Agenda


 

Friday

(9-11) Edu20 Discussion

  • Wrapping up from last year (copy, archive, and create course templates) Click here for a tutorial…
  • Showcase edu20 exemplars – what’s worked, what has not…
  • Discuss ways we might be able to further utilize edu20.org to increase student learning or help teacher efficiency.

Elements of great project-based lessons:

  • choice when it comes to what the student will learn, at least to some degree, so the student cares about the topic
  • choice when it comes to ways the student will acquire knowledge & skills
  • choice when it comes to ways the student will present their acquired knowledge & skills
  • some worthy real-world or authentic application of student’s acquired knowledge
  • feedback from outside audience (peers, parents, co-teachers, community, etc)
  • clear assessment criteria – the student knows exactly what the goal is and how they will be graded – the student should own the assessment tool and perhaps have helped to develop it

(11-2) Cool Tool Exploration (break for lunch from 12-12:30)

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Harwood Edu20 Course

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Workshop Steps:  Our 12 Step Plan

Day One:

  1. Log-on & Navigate the Site
  2. Create a Class and Enroll Students (at least yourself) & add me as a co-teacher.
  3. Add content using the HTML editor – First Assignment (HTML Editor) & Second Assignment (Jing Screencast)

Day Two: (1-7 = 8a-9:30a) (8 = 9:30a-10:30a) (9=10:30a-1:30 with lunch break) 1:30-4:00 = Continue workshop and specific tech requests

  1. Home- locker, photos, change avatar and other account settings. (quick 5 minutes)
  2. Learn- grades, portfolio (quick 5 minutes)
  3. Family – access grades and other information (quick 10 minutes)
  4. School – news & library & Community (quick 10 minutes)
  5. Create a group, use the parent/child sessions, configure admin policies, backup, archive, copy (15 minutes)
  6. Add at least 3 class resources. (20 minutes)
  7. Create a virtual office hours discussion forum, subscribe to it, configure messages to email. (25 minutes)
  8. Create Assignments - create fake assignments using each of the assignment types (1 hour)
  9. Create Lessons – create a self-paced lesson with at least three ‘gates’ using Bloom’s Taxonomy.  This should be something you will use in class this year. The final presentation should be a multimedia presentation that will be assessed using the common assessment we will create as a class.  (2.5 hours)
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Need an inexpensive, flexible, and dynamic school website?

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Need an inexpensive, flexible, and dynamic school website?

Features of NewSchoolSites.com Websites

    • District-level, School-level, Department-level, and Teacher-level Pages and Blogs
    • Single Column, Two-Column, or Three Column Templates
    • Background Color, Header Logo, Menu, and Spotlight Image/Animation all customizable
    • Fully Customizable Pages – not limited to a template
    • The entire district is searchable from any page
    • Integrated calendar and events listing
    • Utilizes FLUID website design – meaning the site looks great regardless of the size of the screen.
    • News Listings with Archive
    • Photo Galleries
    • Flash video players
    • Announcements with auto-newsletter and RSS feed
    • User log-in directly from the website
    • Super easy editing of content
    • Easy uploading of photos, links and documents
    • Page-level permissions  – allow certain people to edit certain pages
  • Auto-backup of data and many, many more…

Check out New School Sites!

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The Best Free Screencasting Tool for Teachers

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The Best Free Screencasting Tool for Teachers

Interested in ‘flipping’ your classroom or creating a quick and easy how-to tutorial?  If so, then Screencast-o-matic is the right tool for you!  Click ‘Read More’ to watch a quick tutorial on how you can use Screencast-O-Matic to record your computer’s screen, audio, and even your webcam.  Screencast-o-matic is easy to use, functional, and free.  We cannot recommend it highly enough. 

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Re-Thinking Homework

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Re-Thinking Homework

Is homework a four-letter word in your house?  Do you ever wish there was less homework.  Well, you’re not alone.  Read more about Alfie Kohn and his take on homework.

The Truth About Homework

Needless Assignments Persist Because of Widespread Misconceptions About Learning

By Alfie Kohn

Para leer este artículo en Español, haga clic aquí.

There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. 

Huge schools are still being built even though we know that students tend to fare better in smaller places that lend themselves to the creation of democratic caring communities.  Many children who are failed by the academic status quo are forced to repeat a grade even though research shows that this is just about the worst course of action for them.  Homework continues to be assigned – in ever greater quantities – despite the absence of evidence that it’s necessary or even helpful in most cases.

Click here to read the rest of the article…

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How to Download Videos from Youtube

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How to Download Videos from Youtube

How to Download Videos from Youtube and other web hosts…

You can use the Firefox Add-on – DownloadHelper

1) Open Firefox and click ‘Tools’

2) Click ‘Add-Ons’ then click ‘Get Add-ons’. In the search box, type ‘downloadhelper’ (all one word), then hit ‘Enter’

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Yo! Educational Rap

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Yo! Educational Rap

Click here to find some great educational rap songs.

Sample Clip

mrduey.com/

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How to Use Google Forms for Peer Assessment

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How to Use Google Forms for Peer Assessment

Learn how to replicate a rubirc on Google Forms, save it as a Google Template, and use it over and over again for peer assessment.  The beauty of this set-up is the rich data that the student being assessed automatically receives after the particular performance.

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Top 10 Places to Find Free Documentaries

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Top 10 Places to Find Free Documentaries

Brain-based research has proven that multi-modal learning environments leads to greater results.  And what better way of creating a multimodal learning environment then by watching a great film.  Below are some sites of the sites I’ve used for finding great documentaries to use in my class.

Remember, if you find a great documentary be sure to download it to your hard drive - check out this post   to find out how.

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